Deaths related to Covid-19 unchanged as rate of positive tests stays above 7 percent.

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The number of deaths from complications of coronavirus stayed at 619 in the Thursday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The rate of positive cases stood at 7.1 percent, well above the 4.5 percent rate of a couple of weeks ago. State officials would like to see the rate of positive cases drop to the three percent range.

The average number of daily positive cases was 106.

Both the rate and number of cases is based on a seven-day rolling average.

The latest calculations are based on information tabulated on Wednesday night.

The higher rates reflect less testing taking place in the state as well as a return of college students for the fall session.

Wednesday update

The number of deaths due to complications from coronavirus rose by one as of Tuesday night.

Passing away was a Sussex County man in his 80s who had underlying health conditions and was a resident of a long-term care facility.

The death increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 619.

The total percentage of people who tested positive as of Tuesday night, rose to 7.2 percent, up from the mid-four-percent range a couple of weeks ago. A five to 10 percent rate of positive cases is considered to indicate moderate community spread of the virus

On Tuesday, 95 new positive cases were recorded, well above the 50 stare health officials would like to see.

Delaware has seen an uptick of cases, due to factors that include private get-togethers and the return of college students to campus.

Hospitalizations remain stable, since younger people account for many of the new cases and typically, but not always, do not see complications.

For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level: https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state

Also available is the dashboard below:

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